Approval of Tony Abbott

May 12, 2015

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Prime Minister? 

  Total   Vote Lab Vote Lib/
Nat
Vote Grn Vote Oth.   June 2014 Sep 2014 Dec 2014 Jan 2015 Feb 2015 Mar 2015 Apr 2015
Total approve 36% 7% 78% 1% 35%   35% 35% 32% 37% 29% 31% 33%
Total disapprove 54% 87% 14% 83% 58%   58% 52% 55% 53% 62% 56% 58%
Strongly approve 10% 1% 25% 3% 5% 10% 9% 8% 9% 7% 7% 7%
Approve 26% 6% 53% 8% 30% 25% 26% 24% 28% 22% 24% 26%
Disapprove 25% 32% 12% 43% 23% 18% 22% 22% 23% 26% 22% 28%
Strongly disapprove 29% 55% 2% 40% 25% 40% 30% 33% 30% 36% 34% 30%
Don’t know 11% 6% 8% 6% 17% 7% 13% 12% 10% 9% 12% 9%

36% of respondents approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Prime Minister – up 3% since the last time this question was asked in April – and 54% disapprove of the job Tony Abbott is doing (down 4%). This represents a 7-point change in his net rating from -25 to -18.

78% (up 3%) of Liberal/National voters approve of Tony Abbott’s performance, with 14% (down 4%) disapproving. 87% of Labor voters and 83% of Greens voters disapprove of Tony Abbott’s performance.

By gender men were 40% approve/54% disapprove and women 32% approve/53% disapprove.

Tony Abbott leader at next election

Dec 16, 2014

Q. Do you think Tony Abbott is likely or unlikely to still be the leader of the Liberal Party at the next election?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Likely

29%

16%

50%

19%

29%

Unlikely

51%

72%

29%

68%

60%

Don’t know

20%

12%

21%

13%

11%

51% think that Tony Abbott is unlikely to still be leader of the Liberal Party at the next election and 29% think it is likely.

72% of Labor voters and 68% of Greens voters think it is unlikely and 50% of Liberal/National voters think it is likely he will still be leader.

Better Prime Minister

Dec 9, 2014

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Oct 2013

Mar 2014

June 2014

Sep 2014

Oct 2014

Nov 2014

Tony Abbott

31%

4%

74%

3%

22%

41%

39%

36%

35%

38%

36%

Bill Shorten

36%

73%

6%

62%

24%

22%

33%

40%

36%

32%

34%

Don’t know

33%

23%

20%

34%

54%

37%

28%

24%

30%

30%

29%

31% (down 5% since November) of respondents think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 36% (up 2%) think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister.

35% of men prefer Tony Abbott and 35% prefer Bill Shorten – and women prefer Bill Shorten 37% to 27%.

Performance of politicians

Dec 9, 2014

 Q. How would you rate the performance of the following people over the last 12 months?

 

Total good

Total poor

Net rating

 

Very good

Good

Neither good nor poor

Poor

Very poor

Don’t know

Tony Abbott – Prime Minister

27%

49%

-22

8%

19%

17%

16%

33%

7%

Bill Shorten – Opposition leader

26%

31%

-5

7%

19%

30%

17%

14%

13%

Joe Hockey – Treasurer

22%

46%

-24

5%

17%

23%

16%

30%

10%

Clive Palmer – leader of PUP

9%

59%

-50

2%

7%

22%

21%

38%

11%

Christine Milne – leader of the Greens

16%

39%

-23

4%

12%

27%

14%

25%

19%

Julie Bishop – Foreign Minister

47%

19%

+28

23%

24%

22%

9%

10%

12%

The Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop was the only politician measured with a positive rating – 47% rated her performance as good and 19% poor. Bill Shorten was the best of the others with a net rating of -5. Clive Palmer’s performance was rated very poorly (-50) while Tony Abbott, Joe Hockey and Christine Milne received similar net ratings.

Tony Abbott received a net rating of +50 from Liberal/National voters, Bill Shorten scored +42 with Labor voters and Christine Milne scored +36 with Greens voters.

Among Liberal/National voters Julie Bishop’s net rating was +61 and Joe Hockey’s +35.

Leader Attributes – Tony Abbott

Dec 2, 2014

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott?

 

2 Sep 13

(as Opposition leader)

29 Oct 13

27 May 14

 

Total

2 Dec

Change

Out of touch with ordinary people

52%

51%

67%

66%

-1

Hard working

71%

67%

57%

62%

+5

Arrogant

52%

54%

63%

61%

-2

Narrow-minded

55%

54%

61%

61%

Superficial

48%

49%

57%

54%

-3

Intolerant

47%

49%

55%

53%

-2

Erratic

43%

43%

51%

52%

+1

Intelligent

63%

62%

52%

51%

-1

Aggressive

47%

46%

52%

49%

-3

A capable leader

46%

52%

41%

43%

+2

Good in a crisis

39%

45%

35%

42%

+7

Understands the problems facing Australia

46%

51%

42%

40%

-2

More honest than most politicians

34%

39%

30%

30%

Trustworthy

38%

40%

29%

30%

+1

Visionary

35%

33%

31%

27%

-4

Tony Abbott’s key attributes were out of touch with ordinary people (66%), hard working (62%), arrogant (61%) and narrow-minded (61%).

Since May, the largest shifts have been for good in a crisis (+7), hard working (+5) ands visionary (-4).

Better Prime Minister

Nov 11, 2014

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/
Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Oct 13

Mar 14

June 14

July 14

Aug 14

Sep 14

Oct 14

Tony Abbott

36%

8%

82%

4%

28%

41%

39%

36%

34%

37%

35%

38%

Bill Shorten

34%

67%

3%

61%

29%

22%

33%

40%

37%

36%

36%

32%

Don’t know

29%

25%

15%

36%

43%

37%

28%

24%

29%

27%

30%

30%

36% (down 2% since October) of respondents think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 34% (up 2%) think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister.

Men prefer Tony Abbott 40% to 33% and women prefer Bill Shorten 36% to 32%.

Trust in the Government’s handling of international relations

Oct 28, 2014

Q. How much trust do you have in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations? 

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Nov 2013

Jun 2014

Total a lot/some

40%

16%

82%

19%

26%

41%

35%

Total little/no trust

53%

81%

15%

80%

71%

53%

59%

A lot of trust

17%

1%

44%

2%

8%

20%

17%

Some trust

23%

15%

38%

17%

18%

21%

18%

A little trust

18%

24%

13%

10%

20%

18%

16%

No trust

35%

57%

2%

70%

51%

35%

43%

Don’t know

6%

3%

3%

1%

2%

7%

5%

17% of people have “a lot of trust” in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations.

35% have no trust.

Labor (57%) and Greens (70%) voters were far more likely to have ‘no trust’. Liberal/National voters were far less likely (2%) to have no trust. 44% of Liberal/National voters have “a lot of trust”.

Since this question was asked in June, those saying they have a lot or some trust has increased by 5% and those saying they have no trust decreased by 6% – a similar position to the poll in November last year.

Tony Abbott representing Australia

Oct 28, 2014

Q. When you think of Tony Abbott representing Australia at international conferences and meetings, how confident are you that he will do a good job in representing Australia to the international community? 

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Jun 2014

Total very/somewhat confident

49%

23%

91%

16%

34%

45%

Very confident

17%

2%

42%

2%

8%

18%

Somewhat confident

32%

21%

49%

14%

26%

27%

Not at all confident

47%

74%

9%

82%

63%

50%

Don’t know

4%

3%

1%

2%

3%

5%

49% (up 4% since June) say they are very or somewhat confident that Tony Abbott will do a good job in representing Australia to the international community and 47% (down 3%) say they are not at all confident.

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